Beatrice Mandelman and Louis Ribak Pictorial Collection
Scope and Content Note
Series 1: Portraits and Events. These folders contain photos of Mandelman and Ribak working, in their studios, at art openings, events, and social functions. The photos are set up in a chronological order in this series.
Series 2: Trips and Travel. These folders have photos directly tied to trips that Mandelman and Ribak took together and separately. Many of the photos are directly linked to their artwork and were taken by Ribak in Mexico and other countries that Mandelman and Ribak visited during their lives. The photos are in alphabetical order by country.
Series 3: Identified Locations. These folders consist of landscapes and places that were significant to Mandelman and Ribak. This series is set up in the three sections of home and studio, southwestern, and urban landscapes.
Series 4: Identified People. These photos include portraits of individuals that Mandelman and Ribak knew from their artistic work and milieu. The folders are arranged in alphabetical order by last name of the subject.
Series 5: Reproductions of Artwork. These folders contain various forms of photographic reproductions of Mandelman and Ribak's artwork. The series is arranged in chronological order.
Series 6: Print Reproduction and Posters. This series includes oversized material consisting of several posters and one Ribak print.
Unprocessed digital material is found on an unprocessed harddrive, with unprocessed PICT collections.
Mandelman and Ribak met at a dance sponsored by the Artists Union, and in 1942 they married. That same year, Ribak was drafted for military service, but honorably discharged two years later due to asthma. In 1944, the couple traveled west to visit Ribak’s mentor and teacher, John Sloan in Santa Fe. They decided to settle in Taos. In the 1940s, Taos was a well-known art community, but there were no galleries exhibiting modern art. In 1947, Mandelman and Ribak founded the Taos Valley Art School where they taught until it closed in 1953. Their home served as a gathering place for an informal group of artists who began calling themselves the Taos Moderns, including Edward Corbett, Agnes Martin, Oli Sihvonen, Clay Spohn and Andrew Dashburg. In the 1950s, Mandelman, Ribak, and other local artists organized two artist cooperative galleries, The Ruins Gallery and the Taos Artists’ Association which ran the Stables Gallery. Upon Mandelman’s death in 1998, the Mandelman-Ribak Foundation was established with the mission to preserve and perpetuate the artistic legacies of these two influential artists and support the work of future generations in the University of New Mexico’s art programs, museums and libraries.
1526 items (7 boxes, 1 oversize folder) : 1200 photographic black and white and color prints, 300 color slides, 25 transparencies; 1 hard drive
Language of Materials
- Abstract expressionism--United States--20th century
- Artists--New Mexico--Taos--Pictorial works
- New Mexico--History--20th century
- Painting, Abstract-United States--Pictorial works
- Social realism--United States
- Taos (N.M.)--History--20th century
- Taos (N.M.)--In art
- Taos School of Art
- Women--History--20th century
- Finding Aid of the Beatrice Mandelman and Louis Ribak Pictorial Collection, 1900-1998
- Barbara Korbal
- © 2019
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